Tour of Homes gives a glimpse of the Top

Fish Creek Lodge - Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes

Fish Creek Lodge – Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes

By Jason Suder / Jackson Hole News & Guide / Sept. 09, 2105

Nobody comes to the Tetons to sit inside, but enjoying the mountains from the comfort of a living room does have its attractions.

Jackson architects, designers, builders and landscapers have worked wonders in their fields, and some of them will get to show off their finest during the 2015 Fall Arts Festival as Homestead Magazine presents its third annual Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes.

Set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, and Saturday, Sept. 19, the Showcase of Homes celebrates these domestic accomplishments with a self-guided tour of a few of Jackson Hole’s most spectacular living spaces.

“We choose homes based on location in the valley, architectural style and the range of professionals behind the project,” said Latham Jenkins, founder and president of Circ Design, which publishes Homestead and organizes the Showcase of Homes.

Five residences were selected to show a cross section of the valley’s designs, from the more traditional to mountain modern. During the two-day event ticket holders will be able to explore the houses and discuss design elements with the professionals who designed and built them.

Local charities benefit from the tour, with proceeds from ticket sales supporting organizations selected by each homeowner. They include the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, Grand Teton National Park Foundation and the Jackson Hole Land Trust.

Fishcreek Compound - Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes

Fishcreek Compound – Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes

Unlike gallery artists, who are able to show work in public settings, architects and interior designers mostly operate in the private realm. The Showcase of Homes is an opportunity for John Carney of Carney Logan Burke Architects to expose some of his work that few people ever see.

“We do these beautiful one-off houses,” he said, “and unless the client had a commitment to want to share that they typically will shy away from that kind of thing.”

Carney is responsible for the architecture of two projects in this year’s Showcase of Homes. His Lodge at Fish Creek represents his talent for adhering to the rustic character of the valley.

Although not as classic as what the phrase “log cabin” conjures, these 12 homes in Shooting Star offer a clean look of wood slats and stone masonry exteriors. Large windows in the high-vaulted living rooms look out at mountain views, giving a contemporary slant to the ski-town chalet.

“It’s a little more contemporary, but still in the rustic category,” Carney said. “My house, by contrast, is much more modern.”

Carney’s own home, which is also on the tour, gives a deeper insight into the architectural process.

Carney will be available both days to explain his process, which begins with analyzing the landscape to help his clients stick to the design restrictions of their subdivisions but concludes with a personalized development.

Some homes feature trimless detail, which Russ Weaver, onsite superintendent of Ridgetop Pavilion atop North Gros Ventre Butte, pointed out allows the interior to flow into the natural contours of the landscape. This same living space has 360-degree views of the mountains: Sleeping Indian to the east, the Tetons to the north and west, and the Snake River Range to the south.

Ridgetop Pavilion - Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes

Ridgetop Pavilion – Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes

The large number of windows that give such views demanded that Weaver and his team undergo numerous energy tests that may become commonplace in coming years. A pressurized blower test and hot-water-supplementing solar panels were among them.

The final product of each home is an exhibition of the latest developments of architectural creation in the realm of mountain modern. Showcase of Homes offers this look into the creative process and use of the latest technology to build cutting-edge work.

“Unlike Homestead Magazine, which is a static medium, the Showcase of Homes is experiential,” Jenkins said. “Not only do you get to experience the special design, but you can interact with the artisans who created it.”

Without it, the mastery would remain restricted to homeowners and street-corner tourists.

“They really want people to come in and kick the tires,” Carney said.

Tickets cost $75 each and are limited to 250 people to ensure a personal and quality experience while also giving the professionals the ability to answer questions from each visitor. Tickets can be purchased at JacksonHoleShowcase.com.

Tour of upscale homes showcases Teton design

By Amanda H. Miller, Jackson Hole News & Guide | Posted: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 

A Shooting Star home with a Contemporary decor is one of three properties in Circ's Showcase of Homes.

A Shooting Star home with a Contemporary decor is one of three properties in Circ’s Showcase of Homes.

Jackson Hole would be gorgeous if there were no town at all at the base of the Tetons. But the wrong town could have disfigured the pristine natural beauty of the area.

Fortunately those who have designed and continue to design and construct homes and buildings in Teton country do so with care.

It’s a wonder the Fall Arts Festival went 28 years without a celebration of Jackson Hole architecture and interior design. But the Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes in 2013 gave self-guided visitors their first glimpse at some of the best that area designers, architects and builders have to offer — which also happens to be some of the best anywhere in the world.

“We have some amazing, talented and world-class designers here,” said Latham Jenkins, founder and president of Circ Design, which publishes Homestead Magazine and organizes the Showcase of Homes.

The 2013 event was a success, he said, generating more than $12,000 in donations to charities. More than 90 percent of attendees said they loved the event. The second annual showcase is expected to attract a sell-out crowd. Attendance is capped at 250, and tickets cost $75 each.

Homestead Magazine launched the Showcase of Homes to pull some of the glamor off the pages of its magazine and to give arts lovers a chance to not only see but to experience functional design that has the power to awe.

“We really wanted people to see what it takes in its entirety to design a home,” Latham said. “It’s not just four walls and a roof. … Our local professionals are so talented at fitting these homes into the landscape.”

The Showcase of Homes will feature three properties this year, highlighting three talent-saturated design companies and benefiting three charities. The homeowners who open their houses to the public each select a favorite charity. This year’s designated charities are Yellowstone National Park Foundation, the Jackson Hole Community Resource Center and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS.

Each of the homes in the showcase is distinct and exhibits the unique abilities of the design teams that executed them.

River Meadows Retreat

Architect: Ellis Nunn & Associates

Home Building: JH Builders

This home is new and old at the same time, said Mike Wilson, the architect for JH Builders, a team of three with rich backgrounds in different aspects of the design and construction business.

The original home, tucked into the back of the River Meadows development off Fall Creek Road, burned down two years ago.

“The owners wanted to rebuild, and we were the ones to do it,” Wilson said. “The existing foundation stayed and we built on that. But, really, for us, it was a new project.”

The cabin’s Swedish cope log construction makes it stand out. The traditional building method requires tremendous precision to cut grooves in each log so it fits snugly with the next.

The owners made some adjustments to the interior floor plan, enlarging the upstairs guest suites and updating the interior. But overall they wanted the same log cabin luxury they had before the fire, Wilson said.

With six bedrooms, 5,300 square feet, a theater room, detached garage and guest quarters, the home is certainly grand. But it’s also comfortable.

“The thing we’re most proud of, I think, is how it’s finished,” Wilson said. “The finish on the logs, the color scheme, it’s great. The logs are in coordination with the cabinets and the countertops and the flooring, which is a beautiful hand-scraped cherry.”

Martin Creek Cabin

Architect: Poss Architects and Design

Home Building: ICMG Construction

Interior Design: WRJ Design Associates

Landscape: Snake River Sporting Club

With 850 square feet of decks and terraces, this home invites the outdoors in for true indoor-outdoor living.

“I think Poss did a great job of really capturing the outside,” said Rush Jenkins, founder of WRJ Design Associates. “Every room has some sort of outdoor living space.”

Beyond interacting with the natural environment, the 4,000-square-foot cabin has a contemporary sense of luxury blended with the rustic mountain feel expected in a Jackson Hole home.

“That’s part of our style at WRJ,” Jenkins said. “We have a blend of the contemporary with alpine elegance” — luxury with casual comfort.

The interior designers used lighter colors to create a more modern feel in the Western home.

“We incorporated light mohairs and beautiful fabrics and textiles with minimal patterns and a lighter color palette than you usually see in homes like these,” Jenkins said.

He and his team also used antiques to create contrast with the rustic feel of the home.

WRJ, which has only been in Jackson for three years and has already completed more than 20 high-profile design projects, also designed the interior of the Snake River Sporting Club. The Martin Creek Cabin is located in the private club, and the clubhouse will also be open to Showcase of Homes participants.

Shooting Star Elegance

Architect: JLF Architects

Builder: Big D Signature

Interior Design: Laura White

Landscape architect: Jim Verdonne

Six spacious bedrooms with en suite bathrooms at the base of Rendezvous Mountain in the private Shooting Star community would be luxurious.

But this home — with Fish Creek lacing through the yard, its own serene water feature and a contemporary outdoor hot tub — takes luxury to new heights.

Contemporary decor and reclaimed materials give the home character. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the home with light, and geothermal heating and cooling combine with solar hot water to keep energy use down.

The designers, architects and builder who worked on all three homes will be available during the showcase to answer questions about their work and discuss their design philosophies.

“This is a great format for enjoying these homes,” Latham said. “It’s like visiting a museum. When the docent gives you a tour, you have a far greater appreciation for and understanding of the art. We hope to mirror that experience in this event.”

2013 Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes: Recap

This year as part of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, Homestead Magazine’s Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes presented something unique: the chance for patrons to leave the gallery space for the home interior space. In recognition of the vibrant architectural, design, and building community of the valley, the Showcase offered ticket holders an intimate glimpse into every aspect of three magnificent local homes, and the opportunity to interface directly with the design professionals who made it so.

From airy modern to warmly-textured western to updated lodge luxury, the three featured properties—Gros Ventre Overlook, Owl Creek Elk Refuge, and Tucker Ranch Retreat—meant a full sampling of the latest in architectural and design innovation. “We loved the fact that all three houses were very different and all three spectacular!” noted one guest. Spaced over two glorious fall days in Jackson Hole, 200 guests experienced a treasure hunt of a day with rambles through “dream homes” that are usually sealed to the public, hors d’oeuvres, and most importantly, the chance to enjoy face-to-face conversations with premier valley artisans in the fields of architecture, building, and interior and exterior design.

The Showcase of Homes was successful in raising $9000 for local charities selected by the generous homeowners that opened up their doors, including The Grand Teton National Park Foundation, Center for the Arts, and JH Land Trust. Each organization will also receive a matching grant through the Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charities. Event organizer Megan Jenkins counted the event a resounding success based on “the enthusiasm showed for each project by all of the attendees” and the “opportunity for people to have one-on-one conversations with the design professionals.  You could really appreciate the work and craftsmanship of each home.  People really had a great time and were extremely complimentary. ”  She hopes that the attendees were inspired and motivated to try “innovative things with their own spaces.”

This was echoed by multiple guests, who indicated that they attended precisely to network with design professionals and were looking forward to following up with the artisans who designed, built, or furnished the homes they visited during the tour. One noted the “informative,” “friendly,” and “welcoming” aspect of the Showcase, while another enthused, “I loved seeing the exquisite houses and having all of the builders, designers and others present to answer questions.”

Participating design professionals were able to connect with patrons in the context of their own design schemes and craftsmanship, illuminating their work in new ways. “It really is rewarding to have great clients who let you show off their home and attendees who comment on what a great job we all did,” noted Sharon Nunn, Vice-President of Ellis Nunn & Associates, Inc., whose firm designed the Owl Creek Refuge. “I look forward to doing it again next year.”

Bradley Suske of The Bradley Company—landscaping firm for the Tucker Rancher Retreat—felt similarly. “I thought it was an amazing experience for me,” he said. “I really felt like I was in my element.”

Megan Jenkins was pleasantly surprised at “how excited people were to be able to tour some of the masterpieces that are in this valley.” The three homes on the self-guided Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes tour allowed a multi-layered peek into all the creativity afoot in the Intermountain West, and the Renaissance in western style being forged by our singular community of creators, drafters, and craftspeople. With the canvas of the Tetons as its backdrop, Jackson Hole’s creative identity continues to evolve, and these exciting new properties are on the vanguard of it all.

Our mission at Homestead Magazine is to highlight Jackson Hole’s top-notch residential architecture and design community for local homeowners and visitors. Next year, we hope you’ll join us to tour one-of-a-kind homes, learn the ins and outs of the design process, and be inspired by the myriad possibilities of your own spaces.

Inside Views – The Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes

As published in the Jackson Hole News & Guide, Wednesday, September 04, 2013.  Written by Richard Anderson.

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This Owl Creek Refuge was designed by Ellis Nunn & Associates, built by Two Ocean Builders and landscaped by MountainScapes, Inc.

Some of the best art in Jackson Hole doesn’t hang on the wall of museums, galleries or even homes. Some of the best art in Jackson Hole is the walls themselves.

This year’s Fall Arts Festival shines a light on the architecture and interior design of a handful of private residences with a “Showcase of Homes.” Hosted by Homestead Magazine, the showcase will spotlight several custom made homes in the valley and the architects, interior designers and landscapers who helped turn each one into something spectacular.

Some of us have been lucky enough to be in some of these homes. A few of us may even be lucky enough to live in such digs. But most of us, and certainly most visitors during Fall Arts Festival, have never before had the chance to step through the doorway of these prime properties. “It’s a shame nobody ever gets to see it,” said Latham Jenkins, president of Circ, which publishes Homestead, an annual magazine in which several of the homes have been featured. “These are beautiful pieces of art, and very few people get to experience them. The showcase is a platform to go and appreciate these works …and enable you to speak to the artist that created them.”

“There couldn’t be a better fit in time than the Fall Arts Festival,” he said. I view the design and craftsmanship that goes into these homes as its own art form, like what hangs on the walls. How great would it be if we could open up some of these homes for people to view?”

The tour will be self-guided. Visitors go to JacksonHoleShowcase.com to purchase tickets – limited to just 250, with sales benefiting charities of the homeowners’ choices – then can pick up the program guides at Circ Inc. 215 West Gill Ave.; Altamira Fine Art, 172 Center Street St.; Willow Creek Design, 115 E. Broadway; or the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, 112 Center St.

At each home principal designers will be present to greet visitors, show off highlights, and answer questions. At most sites, light refreshments will be offered.

“We’ve got a great base of committed people with homes,” Jenkins said, “and longtime valley professionals – architects, interior designers, contractors and landscapers. …We approached the design community at large to include all those groups to see who had projects they could showcase.”

So not only will a selection of fantastic Teton homes be on display but the talent that created them will be, too – firms such as Jacque Jenkins-Stireman Design, Berlin Architects and Stephen Dynia Architects, MountainScapes Inc., and Bontecou Construction, Two Oceans Builders and Mill Iron Timberworks.

It’s a great way to be able to interact with possible new clients, “ said John Walker, of Mill Iron Timberworks, the general contractor of the showcase residence on North Gros Ventre Butte. Walker said his company does just about every kind of work, though this house, designed by Dynia, is quite contemporary. It was built just a year and a half ago, he said, and it appeared on the cover of last year’s Homestead magazine. “We’ll be on hand, as will the interior designer” and architect Dynia, the builder said.

“The stories behind the homes are best told by the architects that worked on them,” Jenkins said. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk to the professionals behind the projects in a meaningful setting. They won’t have 1000 people coming through all trying to talk” to the designers. With just 250 tickets sold, buyers will have the luxury of spending time with the residences and professionals.

“A lot of these homeowners really value the design community that came together to create this work of art that they live in,” Jenkins said. “We felt this is where the pairing with the Fall Arts festival was really important.” The festival has over the past 28 years offered art patrons plenty of opportunities to come to galleries and meet the artists whose work hangs on the walls. The Showcase of Homes allows similar epicures the chance to see art on a different scale.

“That’s the alignment we were trying to take,” Jenkins said, “to come view art in a different form and talk to the artists.” The 2013 Fall Arts Festival is the first year for Homestead’s Showcase of Homes, but Jenkins hopes the event will grow. “Our goal this year is to put on a quality event and to set the stage for the future,” he said.

Homestead to host 2013 Showcase of Homes

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The Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes is a two-day, self-guided fundraising tour to experience the craftsmanship and meet the artists behind some of Jackson’s most spectacular homes.

More than the ordinary walk-through, the Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes has a superb catch: face-to-face conversations with the finest professionals in architecture, construction, interior design, landscaping and electronic systems. They will reveal the art—and perhaps the magic—behind their achievements in some of the most exciting living spaces in the West.

All ticket proceeds will benefit local charities chosen by our generous homeowners.

Dates
Friday Sept 13, 10am – 4pm
Saturday Sept 14, 12pm – 6pm

Limited tickets available. For more information and to purchase tickets please go to: www.JacksonHoleShowcase.com.

 

 

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